Survey: Newcomer Experience And Contributor Behavior In FOSS Communities

Have you been a recent contributor to any big FOSS project like Debian, GNOME, Gentoo, KDE, Mozilla, Ubuntu, NetBSD, or OpenSUSE? How have you felt as newcomer to the open source community you participated in? Did you meet trolls who made your life difficult to join the community or you encountered friendly people who helped you fit into easily? What was you experience in joining the project and about making contributions whether they be technical or non technical?

Kevin Carillo a PhD student in Victoria University of Wellington is conducting a survey to work out how newcomers to a FOSS community become valued sustainable contributors. This is an anonymous survey which means that you do not need to provide and no information will be collected that would identify you. The collected data will help to gain insights about the experience of newcomers in FOSS communities. The collected data will be released under a ‘share-alike’ Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL).

The survey is expected to take around 20 minutes in order to complete. You can take part in the survey if you have joined any of the above mentioned FOSS community after January 2010 (within approximately the last 3 years) and made any (technical or non technical) contribution to the community. The survey can be found here.

We will be updating you about the results of the survey and the progress of the research. You can also check Kevin Carillo’s Blog.

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